Bowled Over by Mumbai
Saturday 12 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm
The last debut novelist to win the Man Booker Prize (in 2008 with White Tiger), Aravind Adiga now brings us Selection Day, widely held to be even better. He comes to the Festival today to tell us about his story of two Mumbai brothers who are pushed by...
A Legacy that Lingers Long
Sunday 13 August 7:30pm - 9:00pm
To mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, Siddhartha Bose presents an evening of readings, performance, music and discussion exploring the effects and legacy of the British in India. Prompted by his new theatrical production, No Dogs, No...
Stars of India
Monday 14 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm
From the Buddha to billionaire businessmen, Bollywood heroes to bandits, in Incarnations Sunil Khilnani, Director of the King's India Institute, picks 50 lives to tell the story of his country’s history. According to William Dalrymple in the Guardian,...
Bloody Birth of Two Nations
Monday 14 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Tuesday 15 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm
With The Golden Legend, Nadeem Aslam presents his finest novel to date, set in a once-tolerant Pakistani city that's grown horribly unforgiving. A woman with a secret comes under political pressure after her husband is killed; a young Christian woman...
Diamonds are Forever
Sunday 20 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Everything to Excess
Monday 21 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Two completely different writers take on different continents and different generations, tackling the corrosive issue of having too much money. In Billionaires' Banquet, Ron Butlin, former Edinburgh Makar, explores the morally bankrupt life of his...
A Merging of Flavours
Monday 21 August 4:00pm - 5:30pm
TV foodie and executive chef of The Cinnamon Club, Vivek Singh has been deliciously merging authentic Indian cuisine with western styles for many years. Today, he shares his insights into the significance of food in India, where diversity of religion...
India à la Modi
Monday 21 August 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Will India ever live up to its potential? So much depends, says the Economist‘s Adam Roberts in Superfast Primetime Ultimate Nation, on just one man. Narendra Modi, India's current Prime Minister, is driven, full of self-belief, insistent that good...
Some Talk of Alexanders
Monday 21 August 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Alexander Burnes and Alexander Gardner both lived lives of improbable adventure and danger on the British Raj’s north-west frontier. In Sikunder Burnes, Craig Murray tells how Burnes was a martyr to early British bungling in Afghanistan, while John...